My favorite telenovela star that we have learned about in class is without a doubt Edgar Ramirez. Ramirez played “Cacique” on “Cosita Rica.” I recognized him when I was watching the Academy Awards because he played “Carlos” in the TV mini-series “Carlos” that was nominated for several awards. I wanted to examine his career beginning with his start in telenovelas.
Ramirez is from San Cristobal, Venezuela. He was born on March 25, 1977, and he is fluent in English, German, Italian, French, and of course, Spanish. After studying Social Communication at the Bello Catholic University in Caracas, he landed several acting roles. His first large role was in “Cosita Rica” for Venevision in 2003-2004. Then, in 2005, Ramirez made his first major international motion picture debut in “Domino.” Ramirez was also in the Sony Pictures’ film “Vantage Point,” alongside American actors such as Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, and Forest Whitaker. Another popular film he was cast in was “Babel.”
Several film associations have recognized Ramirez. He won Best Actor in 2008 at the Amiens International Film Festival, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture made for Television in 2011, nominated by the London Critics Circle Film Awards for Actor of the Year in 2011, won Best Actor in 2008 by the Malaga Spanish Film Festival, nominated in 2011 for Best Actor at the Online Film Critics Society Awards, and was nominated in 2011 for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. Ramirez has had such a successful international career, and I know we will be seeing much more of him throughout the years!